We are writing to update you on an incident near campus that occurred Wednesday evening. Several reports were received about a vehicle displaying a Confederate flag whose occupants were shouting offensive and racist statements. This incident occurred outside of the University Police Department's jurisdiction. 

Incidents of intolerance and racism are unacceptable at this university and in our community. We will always treat reports like this with the utmost seriousness and investigate them as quickly as we can. UIPD will be providing an increased police presence on Green Street and in other parts of the campus community.

We also ask for your help in reporting incidents such as this to the police when you observe them. Any information you can provide including times, locations, license plate numbers, suspect descriptions and any other details will greatly help their investigations. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (373-TIPS), by visiting www.373tips.com or by providing information through the P3 Tips mobile app available on iOS and Android. All messages to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of identifying information and forwarded to police by an independent third party.

As always, thank you for being an active participant in the safety of our campus community, and for taking steps to look out for yourself and others.


Craig A. Stone
Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

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